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Ernest Goes to Jail (1990)

PG | | Comedy, Crime, Family | 6 April 1990 (USA)
Bumbling Ernest P. Worrell is assigned to jury duty, where a crooked lawyer notices a resemblance with crime boss Mr. Nash, and arranges a switch. Nash assumes Ernest's job as a bank ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Ernest P. Worrell / Mr. Felix Nash / Auntie Nelda
... Chuck
Bill Byrge ... Bobby
... Charlotte Sparrow (as Barbara Bush)
Barry Scott ... Rubin Bartlett
... Lyle
Dan Leegant ... Oscar Pendlesmythe
... Warden
Jim Conrad ... Eddie
... Judge
Melanie Wheeler ... Prosecutor
Jeffrey Buckner Ford ... Defense Attorney (as Buck Ford)
Daniel Butler ... Waiter
Charlie Lamb ... Another Con
Mac Bennett ... Con
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Bumbling Ernest P. Worrell is assigned to jury duty, where a crooked lawyer notices a resemblance with crime boss Mr. Nash, and arranges a switch. Nash assumes Ernest's job as a bank employee, while Ernest undergoes Nash's sentence to the electric chair. But instead of killing him, the electrocution gives Ernest superhuman powers, enabling him to escape from jail and foil Nash's attempt to rob the bank. Written by Mark Hettler <markh@nstl.com>

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Guilty of Maximum Fun in the First Degree!

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Comedy | Crime | Family

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6 April 1990 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ernesto pierde su puesto  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,143,372, 8 April 1990, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$25,029,569
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Trivia

Of all the famously eccentric actors whom Ernest imitates at a mirror in jail, Sylvester Stallone is the only actor who was not a classic one at the time. He is the only actor who was still alive and who was still acting in movies during and after the time this movie was made. See more »

Goofs

When the shop vac goes up the walls and on the ceiling, huge creases are in the walls and ceiling to keep the vacuum in contact with what it is rolling up against. See more »

Quotes

Ernest P. Worrell: [when Ernest notices that metal things are attacking him] Huh?
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Referenced in RV (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Doin' Time
Music and Lyrics by Bruce Arntson
Performed by Bruce Arntson
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The importance of being Ernest...
29 May 2006 | by See all my reviews

This time, the lovable dimwit gets summoned for jury duty, where a corrupt attorney notices that he looks like a jailbird who wants to break out, so the two get switched. Of course, most of the movie is a series of gags; in "Ernest Goes to Jail", most of the gags relate to electricity. I really liked the whole vacuum cleaner sequence early on. Overall, the point of the movie is just to have fun, and I'm sure that you will. This is possibly the ultimate movie that you watch with a bud. It's quite safe to say that Jim Varney will truly be missed. Knowwhaddamean? FYI: the only other cast member whom I recognized was Randall "Tex" Cobb, who played Lyle. You've surely seen him somewhere.


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